About Years 7&8

Year 7: Curriculum

Year 8: Curriculum

Junior Phase Team

Middle Years Programme

Click here to see an overview and what students study in each subject

Island Learning
One of the academic subjects that is taught in House groups lies in the centre of our curriculum. Inter-D Units draw on the experiences of primary school education with its emphasis on trans-disciplinary inquiry. It also builds on all the other subject areas as a central place where literacy, language, mathematics, technology, science, the individuals and societies and the arts can meet. We picture Inter-D as core in the centre of our curriculum with bridges to all the other subjects giving them a joint, as well as individual meaning.

Circling around Inter-D units (subject integrated units) are the individual subjects, taught by subject specialists:

These subjects engage the students in subject specific skills as well as the generic ones used across all subjects. The understanding students gain will equip them to make choices in future years about where to concentrate, develop and specialise. This eventually leads to choices for university and life beyond.

At Island School we believe strongly in what we call the integrity of childhood. Childhood is not just preparation for adult life, it is important and must be enjoyed for its own sake. By encouraging a love for learning we hope that Island School students become more responsible, creative, analytical, engaged and happy. We strongly echo the ESF vision that learning should be joyful.

The individual subjects, taught by subject specialists:

Chinese Japanese
Design Technology Maths

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Drama Music
English Physical Education
French Science
French – Beginners Spanish
Humanities Spanish Beginners
ICT Visual Arts
Island Learning Drama

Curriculum choices for languages other than English

  • Our full Language Policy can be found here.
  • In Year 8, students are invited to try French, Spanish or Japanese in addition to their first choice from Y7, for an additional 1 period per week.  However, many students choose to concentrate on just Chinese and therefore learn Chinese 3 periods per week. The faculty advises students and parents about the choice which will give them the best set of options as they move up through the years.
  • There is no formal curriculum for mother tongue development. However, several students have opted to work with a tutor in their mother tongue (parent funded) when other students are learning an additional foreign language.


This page is updated – in October each year


Andrea Walsh
Middle Year

Jenny Hodson
Vice Principal
Kate Sommerville
Senior Head of House
& Year 7 Leader
Angela Worthington 
Senior Head of House
& Year 8 Leader

Middle Years Programme Information 

As an IB World School, Island School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students.

From August 2018 Year 7 students will follow the Middle Years Programme curriculum, covering the following subject areas:

  • Language and Literature in a first language
  • Language Acquisition in second or foreign languages
  • Individuals and Societies (formerly Humanities)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design: Design Technology, Textiles, Food, Digital Literacy
  • The Arts: Music, Drama and Visual Art

The MYP is a challenging and balanced framework that enables students to learn through inquiry. It enables them to make links between rigourous subject knowledge and the world around them:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

As well as subject-specific skills, there is an emphasis on the development of learning-skills which span the curriculum:

  • Thinking
  • Communication
  • Social Skills
  • Self-management
  • Research

The MYP is a holistic programme that encompasses action and service learning.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.